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Cheech and Chong didn’t, but Theo Epstein did. Check out the top line on the dance card. Can you say “conflict of interest?” I knew you could. How ‘passive’ are those investments now, and how ‘passive’ will they be as Epstein commences ‘advising’ ‘Rob the poor’?

I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that this is part of a crash course to team ownership that Epstein is getting. But it’s ripe for abuse. And it isn’t like Epstein has failed to abuse any opportunity he has been given, so far. That’s not exactly a scoop, is it?

Time will tell.

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Arctos Sports Partners is run by managing partners Ian Charles and David “Doc” O’Connor, who has known Epstein for 15 years. The firm makes passive minority investments in pro sports organizations in North American and Europe. — Paul Sullivan

The Cubs have operated this winter as if they expect the fans to react the same way they did before the Cubs were a first-class, winning organization — except it’s different now. The World Series title changed everything. — David Haugh

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